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King and Wood Malleson

The Brief

Merged with Hong Kong headquartered law firm King and Wood Mallesons on 1st November 2013. SJ Berwin was a leading pan-European law firm with over 500 lawyers providing a comprehensive range of legal services including Corporate Finance, Commercial, Real Estate, Banking, Reconstruction & Insolvency, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Financial Services, Employment & Pensions, EU & Competition and Tax.

SJ Berwin recently moved from its offices in Gray’s Inn Road to 10 Queen Street Place as part of its aim to be recognised as “the place to be”. It now occupies state-of-the-art riverside offices and provides a first class working environment for its people and clients. As a firm who focuses on providing commercial solutions to its clients, SJ Berwin was keen to install a storage solution that would not only support its desire to improve the efficiency of its filing practices, but also complement the contemporary design of the building.

KI carried out a detailed storage survey of SJ Berwin’s existing storage at Gray’s Inn Road and made recommendations for the optimum use of space and the most efficient methods of storage and retrieval of information in its new offices.

SJ Berwin recognised the importance of an effective storage system in improving the efficiency of its day-to-day business. KI was selected to ensure SJ Berwin was supported by equally versatile and dynamic hard copy storage and filed information retrieval solutions.

KI demonstrated a clear understanding of our storage needs and provided a solution which offers the flexibility and capacity to meet our future requirements as the firm continues to grow.

Keith Wood, SJ Berwin’s CEO

Our Solution

Architects HOK specified over 2000 KI 800 Series lateral units to provide efficient local storage and screening to open plan areas. 800 Series units were also used in the cellular areas where typically two ‘fee earners’ would share space. A number of tailored solutions were also specified including slots in drawers to allow for secure posting of paper for shredding, extended unit depths to accommodate presentation material and matching infills to enclose void areas.

The level of knowledge KI brought to the project and response to challenges was impressive. The scheme demanded specific heights of cabinet to provide privacy as well as storage volume along with a number of tailored solutions to meet specific individual requirements all of which was achieved quickly and without compromise

Andy Warner Lacey, Senior Associate for HOK
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